I've felt Mate calling lately and might explore the road less traveled in Solus. I'm leaning in that direction. Looked at 4.3 Solus Mate reviews for an hour this afternoon. And found a good review from June of this year.
I pulled a quote at 12:15 for the team if they choose to read it:
"You can see I have the nvidia graphics driver installed. A good thing to highlight real quick is there's updates I did 30 minutes before I recorded this--and there was a kernel update--and when you do a kernel update, and you have nvidia drivers it could cause issues. One thing I gotta say is with Solus, every time I've had a kernel update, I haven't had a single issue of my video drivers not working in the X display. So it's become one of those things I haven't had to worry about, especially in the Budgie and Mate versions of Solus. It just works."
He gave it 8 weeks then Budgie 8 weeks. Positive, constructive instead of whining in places, not excessively verbose, the way I like review of anything. Just passing it on.